Progress Energy crews head to Alabama to help restore power after yesterday’s tornados caused severe damage


Progress Energy Florida has sent workers to Alabama to assist local utilities who have lost power. Alabama Governor Robert Bentely says up to a million people are without power in Alabama, due to the extensive damage caused by severe tornadoes earlier this week. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Lysette Portales reports:


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Large-scale alligator farming affects Florida tanneries and small businesses

Alligator farming has become a critical source of skins for the leather industry. The skins are more pristine and can be raised in the most optimal conditions and many more of them can be supplied. Alligator farming has also played a role in conservation efforts for the species. But a consequence of the advent of farming has been an oversupply of skins that has made their value plummet. This oversupply has mainly come from large-scale industrial farms that can slaughter thousands of animals every week and have chomped smaller operations out of business.